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Slow Umbria

Italy, Europe

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Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Tour de Forks - Uncommon Epicurean Adventures 12 people max
  • Rome airport, rome, italy
  • Culinary & Wine Travel trips
Tour de Forks is pleased to collaborate with Slow Food to present a special 7 day/6 night escorted tour to discover Umbria, the "Green Heart of Italy". The starting point is Orvieto and Todi, then follows the tracks of St. Francis in Assisi, moves to Perugia with its Etruscan walls, 16th century palaces and chocolate factories, Spoleto, where the "Festival of the Two Worlds" is held, touches the shores of the Trasimeno Lake, and much more.

Participants will have the unique chance of sampling several Slow Food Presidia products - high-quality, traditional foods and beverages and other local delicacies from Slow Food recommended quality producers, such as: baby Pecorino cheese, extra virgin olive oil of Montefalco, Mazzafegato sausage, natural yeast breads of the villages near Spoleto, extra virgin olive oil of the Spoleto area, and fresh produce of the Umbertide Slow Food Earth Market

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Italy, Europe

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2 testimonials about the provider, Tour de Forks - Uncommon Epicurean Adventures:

  • Reviewer: located in New York, NY USA
    "I'd recommend Tour de Forks to my own mother. I'd even require it for all serious foodies and food professionals if I could, so they all would experience the fresh new ideas of 'Mod Oz' (modern Australian cuisine: a cutting edge, urban cuisine influenced by nearby Asia), and the exceptional cheeses, wines, meat and produce from that continent.

    You could do it on your own, but chances are, even if you have several good guide books, you're going to be disappointed with more than just a couple of meals, and you won't get the personalized, VIP treatment you get from having a few famous, local food professionals showing you around as you do on Tour de Forks. I wish every country I've visited had a Meera Freeman, a George Biron, and a Melissa Joachim to take me out to dinner. These are people whom chefs want to impress and who routinely get the best tables and the best service-these are the people you want at your dinner table. Not only are they your insider's ticket to the culinary cognoscenti circle, they are also passionate teachers who give illuminating demonstrations throughout the tour and take you to find the best jamon, the best lobster, and the best cheeses the country has to offer.

    The tour, however, is not just about food. The accommodations are luxurious. You stay at only the most fabulous hotels. Some of the highlights didn't even have anything to do with food. If you go on your own, try not to miss a private plane ride over the "12 Apostles"-12 stunning rock formations off the south-eastern coast on the way to King Island, home to award winning cheeses, fabulous seafood and fantastic beach views. Also don't miss the wild kangaroos that hang out in the golf courses on the way to Sunnybrae, George Biron's home, farm and former restaurant in some of the most beautiful, unspoiled countryside left in the world. And don't forget to take a boat ride with local dolphins on your way back to Melbourne from wine tastings at local vineyards. Or, just sign up for the tour, relax, and let Meera, George and Melissa guide you through a trip to remember."
  • Reviewer: located in New York, NY USA
    My Tour de Forks culinary adventure was a foodie dream come true. Of course, the Tour de Forks team arranged every detail to please the most sophisticated, discriminating traveler-that was expected, although probably shouldn't have been taken for granted-but what was unique about this trip was the access to experiences you could never have traveling on your own unless you're a celebrity or restaurant royalty.

    My fellow travelers were a diverse lot, interesting, accomplished and extremely congenial, and our small group felt like a bunch of friends enjoying each other's company and not like everyone's stereotype of a tour group. I'm sure this was due largely to our tour organizers and guide who did an amazing job of taking individual needs and preferences into account and dealing with every situation with humor and the utmost flexibility.
    I will travel with Tour de Forks again, and I recommend it without reservation to anyone who loves food and wine and wants a luxurious, informative and uniquely pleasurable vacation experience.

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  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.


Day 1: Rome
Arrive at Rome airport and afternoon's collective transfer to the hotel Posta dei Donini in San Martino in Campo, near Perugia. The transfer departure time is scheduled at 16.00 hrs. Time to settle in, meet your tour escort and a welcome dinner of traditional local fare and Slow Food Presidium products from Umbria. There will be an introduction to the tour and the Slow Food philosophy, the activities of the association and the Terra Madre Foundation. Overnight.

Day 2: Orvieto, Todi
Morning visit to Orvieto, and a tour of the city, including the Duomo Gothic Cathedral and a visit to the Palazzo del Gusto, head office of the Enoteca Regionale of Umbria. There will be a guided tour and wine tasting of Umbrian wines accompanied by some local fare. Before heading off there will be a short visit to the Adriano pastry shop to try the best of Orvieto's typical cakes and desserts, including chocolates made with chillies and saffron. An afternoon visit to Todi, a medieval town, where you can discover monuments and craftshops including the Macelleria Fraolini (butcher) that produces traditional salamis and roast pork with oven baked breads. A visit to the Caseificio Montecristo (cheese producer) in Pian di Porto to sample the baby Pecorino cheeses made with fresh milk. Return to the hotel and overnight.

Day 3: Assisi, Bevagna, Montefalco
Morning guided tour of Assisi, including the Basilica of St Francis and a quick stop off at the Forno dei Fratelli Sensi bakery in the heart of the town which offers home produced Umbrian specialities. Continue on to Bevagna, an ancient medieval town. Free time to discover the town. On to Montefalco, another town situated on top of a hill, offering spectacular views over the Umbrian countryside. Visit the city and taste the famous Sagrantino, a new DOGC wine. Visit the ancient olive groves - over 3,000 trees - belonging to the Romanelli family to discover the different plant varieties and the techniques used in the production of the extra virgin olive oil, along with a tasting. A break at the Azienda Rosati, to buy the locally produced cold cuts including Capocollo, dried sausages and salami, as well as traditional cakes (which change according to the season). Return to the hotel and overnight.

Day 4: Perugia, Citta di Castello
A morning visit to Perugia, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful hill top towns in Italy. A visit to the Perugina chocolate museum, famous for its Baci Perugina chocolates. Stop off at the historical Pasticceria Sandri pastry shop and the Bottega delle Erbe Aromatiche with over 6,000 different herbs. Afternoon departure for Citta di Castello, in the Tiber valley; a tour of the city and the Fratelli Giulietti Salumifico to sample the local salamis including the Mazzafegati (Slow Food Presidium). Visit to the Il Girasole grocery store: a classic grocery shop specialising in salami, cheese and typical local cakes and desserts and a Slow Food Presidia business. Back to Perugia and dinner with the dishes of the traditional Umbran cuisine at the Osteria La Lumera. Return to the hotel and overnight.

Day 5: Spoleto
Departure for Spoleto and a tour of the city. Stop just outside the city for a treat at two tiny villages in the Umbrian hills. The first stop is at the Leonardi bakery which specialises in natural yeast breads; visit and sample the fare. The second is the Castello di Poreta; visit and sample the extra virgin olive oil. In the afternoon, return to Foligno and walk through the old town centre stopping at the Central Bar for a top quality ice cream with some amazing and original flavours such as the Sagrantino wine one. Return to the hotel and overnight.

Day 6: Solomeo, Lake Trasimeno, Castiglione del Lago
Departure for Umbertide, a wonderful old city where there will be a guided tour of the Slow Food Earth Market and a lesson on the season's vegetables, fruit and local produce, followed by lunch at the Trattoria Nonna Gelsa, located in the countryside near Umbertide. Transfer to Gubbio, yet another important small city that defines the ancient Umbrian civilisation. Gubbio is famous for the Corsa dei Ceri, which takes place annually on the 15 May. Back to the hotel where there will be a tasting of a selection of local wines.

Day 7: Departure Farewell! Early morning collective transfer for the Rome airport. Arrival at the airport at 10.00 hrs.

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